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Ms. J. from Colorado Springs CO is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cymatics and the Shapes of Sound

My students need to see that cymatics, the science of sound waves, in a fun hands-on lab to help them understand that music isn't just what we hear, but something we can see.

  • $583 goal

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My Students

My students at our Title I school in Colorado Springs are an inquisitive, creative, and culturally diverse bunch! Most of them are 1st-3rd generation Mexican, but there are also many African-American, Caribbean, Asian, and Caucasian students due to our proximity to several military bases. Unfortunately, this also means that we have a highly transient community. We often have students experiencing difficulty with an absent parent, and in some cases, both parents.

We are a culturally-diverse G&T magnet and soon will be an Arts-Integrated designated school looking to grow the music program to be the best in the district!

These talented kids have done so much work and have grown lots in such a short time and deserve more than the non-existent budget allows for!

My Project

Using Chladni plates, colorful sand, and an electromechanical driver in a fun, hands-on lab will reach students who learn in many different ways and help them understand a complex science that they would easily be intimidated by if they were simply reading about it in a book. The Chladni plate is named after Ernst Chladni, who developed a means to "see sound" by hooking up an electromechanical driving base to a metal plate with fine sand on top. Whenever a frequency would sound, it would change the shapes and patterns the sand made on top.

With such an emphasis placed on the benefits of STEAM, this lesson bridges the gaps between science, technology, engineering, art, and math so students can see that music is an integral part of our everyday lives, and is not just what we hear on the radio.

I've done this lesson with my students from grades 2-8 in the past few years. Every single time, the students ask if and when we can get our own Chladni plate and do it as a lab. This time I'd like to be able to give them a lesson complete with a close-up demonstration!

Ms. J.
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
ELECTROMECHANICAL DRIVER • Frey Scientific $197.99 1 $197.99
CHLADNI PLATES SET OF 4 • Frey Scientific $107.99 1 $107.99
61006-2980: Colored Sand - 25 lb, Red • Blick Art Materials $27.88 1 $27.88
61006-4020: Colored Sand - 25 lb, Yellow • Blick Art Materials $27.88 1 $27.88
61006-5020: Colored Sand - 25 lb, Light Blue • Blick Art Materials $27.88 1 $27.88
Standard Shipping • Blick Art Materials $0.00 1 $0.00

Materials cost

$389.62

Vendor shipping charges

$45.08

State sales tax

$24.94

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.84

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$495.48

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$87.44

Total project goal

$582.92

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$582.92

4 Donors

-$582.92

Donations toward project cost

-$495.48

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$87.44

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$0.00

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